Shifty Business

Public Access Design

Shifty Business

The Deciders

City Studies

The Deciders

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

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Public Access Design

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Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement particularly among underrepresented communities. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them.

We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better and more diverse community participation.

CUP projects are collaborations of art and design professionals, community-based advocates and policymakers, and our staff. Together we take on complex issues—from the juvenile justice system to zoning law to food access—and break them down into simple, accessible, visual explanations.

The tools we create are used by organizers and educators all over New York City and beyond to help their constituents better advocate for their own community needs.

Website design: Linked by Air

Find out more about CUP through this short video from the Curry Stone Design Prize.


Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Your School, Your Choice!

Making Policy Public

Your School, Your Choice!

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

Vendor Power!

Making Policy Public

Vendor Power!

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

What Up With DAT?

Technical Assistance

What Up With DAT?

What Options Doc?

Urban Investigations

What Options Doc?